Yesterday I reassembled Katie's old Pitch Back whose pieces had been duct taped together for the last 7 or 8 years. Not much was left of the tape however. The net and frame are both in fairly good shape but the rubber bands that attach the net to the frame had rotted long before I finally stowed the rest. Since the boys are starting to play baseball it seemed like a good idea to see if I could put it back together. I have a handful of bungee ties, you know, the plastic ball that has an elastic loop attached to them, that I used to get the net stretched fairly taut. I need to get another half dozen or so to do the job right. They will give the net that needed extra elasticity that should cause the ball to bounce back farther than it does.
After I got things together yesterday I threw for a few minutes and it was fun except for the slanted ground which made me fall hard to the left after I released each pitch. Today I moved the contraption to the side lot which is quite flat and threw for nearly a half hour - left handed which was even more fun. Katie still has a glove here at the house and luckily it is an over sized softball mitt that fit a bit snugly but as long as I didn't take it off and put it on it worked out well. Now if I can just get the kids' minds off Minecraft long enough to use it.
I spotted this little guy on the kitchen floor last night. At first glance I thought it was the creepy plastic spider ring that floats around the house but as I looked longer at it I could see it was brown and not black.
Sam's first baseball practice was this evening but we're lucky it even came off. It was raining when we arrived but after a short while it let up enough to practice. As expected, 8 and under coach-pitch yielded a diverse selection of players which were further defined by their talents. It was easy to spot the ones who had the natural ability. One stand-out was a young girl who may have been 7. She was one of the smaller kids on the field but she may have been the best. Her hitting stance and follow through was fierce. She had a wicked throw and could catch very well.
Sam did well and we already know some things we'll need to practice. Running won't be one of them however. He streaked around the bases at the end of the practice. He has a super arm and just needs to work on his control a bit. Shortly after we arrived home the light rain shower returned as a pretty intense storm causing me to reset the clocks in the house twice. Just waiting for the sunny warm weather now.